Cisco has developed a comprehensive line of wireless networking products and software tools that provide anywhere, anytime access to data and resources and to facilitate teamwork among workers, associates, vendors, and customers. Cisco's wireless offerings include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points, as well as Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller modules and appliances. Progent's certified wireless consultants can enable businesses of any size to deploy Cisco wireless technology to support the current paradigm of BYOD computing by integrating their wired/wireless ecosystems to benefit from easy deployment, predictable throughput, centralized control, enterprise-wide policy, high availability (HA), and across-the-board protection.
Cisco Converged Security Architecture for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Wired/Wireless Connectivity
The Cisco Unified Wireless architecture can expand to up to 18,000 wireless access points with full Layer 3 mobility across local or remote venues like business campuses, college auditoriums, branches, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's 802.11x APs and controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to deliver the same level of protection, performance, and ease of management for WLANs that companies demand in their wired ecosystem. Cisco's architecture incorporates integrated mobile services like Voice over IP, HD video, and secure guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network technology enables organizations to create Wi-Fi environments that improve the way they work and improve productivity via a dynamic and connected employee base.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network infrastructure consultants offers remote or onsite support to help your organization to design, deploy, manage, upgrade, and troubleshoot converged wired/wireless network infrastructure of any size and for any environment. Also, Progent can provide value-priced online and onsite Wi-Fi site surveys to help you to plan and install a wireless network with custom-designed wireless access point clustering optimized for your specific work area layout, building characteristics, and intended application.
Cisco Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of APs allow organizations to converge wired/wireless networks to deliver the accessibility, capacity, performance, protection and ease of management required to support practically any environment. Cisco's APs range from bare bones, single-radio 802.11b/g/n devices with data rates of 300 Mbps for small companies or home offices to dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac access points suitable for supporting hundreds of wireless clients per access point and offering throughput of up to 1.9 Gigabits per second. Cisco's current selection of access points can be combined or clustered to deliver the capacity to support sites with high client density and with a high incidence of video-intense application software.
Small Business Series of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of APs are Linux-powered devices designed as entry-level Wi-Fi APs for light workloads. Many versions in the Cisco Small Business family of wireless access points support Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which makes it possible to set up, control and troubleshoot a group of access points from a single device via an intuitive browser-based tool. All versions support Power over Ethernet and feature Quality of Service (QoS), rogue access point awareness, and bridging for connecting to a second Ethernet LAN.
The Cisco Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N AP is a wallmount, single-band 2.4GHz unit that can handle 16 802.11b/g/n clients, includes a Fast Ethernet port, allows up to four access pointss and 40 active wireless clients per cluster, and can handle throughput of 300 Mbps. Cisco's Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11n access point able to support 16 active clients per radio for a total of up to 32 clients, includes a GE interface, and can support throughput of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 does not support AP clustering. Cisco's WAP150 is an entry-level dual-radio AC/n AP that features a 1xGE Poe port and can support up to 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps performance for AC clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 supports 4 access points for each cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP321 Access Point is a wall-mountable selectable-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n unit with support for 80 wireless clients in an 8-AP cluster. The WAP321 features a Gigabit Ethernet port and can support throughput of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. Cisco's WAP351 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can support 32 active wireless clients per radio for a total of up to 64 active clients, and deliver a data rate of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 does not allow clustering. The Cisco WAP361 is a dual-band 802.11ac wireless access point that features a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet LAN switch, allows 32 clients per radio, and offers 867 Mbps throughput for wireless AC clients and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n clients. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 allows 8 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio device that works with 802.11n as well as the new 802.11ac IEEE Wi-Fi standard. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface, can handle as many as 32 active wireless clients per radio, and eight APs for each cluster.
The Cisco WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio Selectable Band access point includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN interface and dual radios that offer 450 Mbps performance per radio, support 64 devices for each radio, and allow up to 16 APs per cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is similar to Cisco's WAP 561 but features a single radio selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). The Cisco Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (the weather-proof outdoor model) are dual-radio Wireless-AC/N access points incorporating two Gb Ethernet ports with link aggregation (LAG), and up to 1.9 Gbps performance with 1300 Mbps over 11ac and 600 Mbps on 11n. Both devices support 32 active WAN clients on each radio and 16 wireless access points per cluster.
For details about Progent's support for current and legacy Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 family of WiFi access points, see Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 WiFi access points configuration and troubleshooting.
The Aironet Family of Wireless Access Points
The Aironet line of wireless access points has for years been the top-selling access point product. Aironet wireless access points range from entry-level devices to enterprise-class units. Cisco's Aironet series cover several generations of models compliant with the evolving 11x standard. The latest line of Aironet access points work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and come with 802.11ac support, which offers three times the throughput plus superior coverage and user density compared to the previous generation of devices. Cisco's current multi-frequency Aironet APs continue to support 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients that lack 802.11ac radios.
The oldest Aironet APs are now legacy units that have come to end-of-life status and are not fully supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the entire Aironet family of wireless access points and can assist your company to manage and troubleshoot your current Aironet wireless environment or upgrade efficiently to current Aironet products. For more information about Progent's consulting services for both current and outdated Aironet access points, refer to Cisco Aironet APs consulting services.
Cisco's Meraki Access Points
Cisco's family of Meraki dual-band indoor APs range from budget-friendly models for small businesses to advanced units that offer up to 2.5 Gbit/sec performance. Every Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point provides high-end capabilities such as self-configuring plug-and-play installation, advanced security, BYOD support, extensive analytics, automatic over-the-web firmware updates, and consolidated cloud-based management for multiple sites. Every Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point also incorporates dual powerful client-serving radios with enhanced reception plus a dedicated radio that offers (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor APs are IP67 certified, built to withstand harsh outdoor environments, and able to resist dust, shock and moisture. Meraki outdoor access points include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and deliver advanced features such as cloud-based management with network-wide visibility and control, 802.1X and native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), 1-click guest access and isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO and beamforming. For more information about Progent's support for Cisco's Meraki APs and management, see Cisco's Meraki APs consulting services.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ac Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers enable fast data exchange, configuration, control, analysis and debugging for Cisco wireless appliances and software services. Cisco has developed both physical and software-based Wi-Fi controllers for unified administration of wireless environments, but WLANs with a large number of Wi-Fi access points are better served by hardware-based Wi-Fi controllers. Current generation Wi-Fi controller devices from Cisco deliver major advantages over Wave 1 and older models including greater throughput, simultaneous support for 1G and 10G interfaces, improved application visibility and control (AVC), and advanced, built-in protection.
Cisco's 3504 Wireless Controller is a value-priced appliance with a desktop body and designed for smaller organizations. You can install the 3504 in a centralized network environment such as in small branch and home-based offices managed over the wide-area network with FlexConnect, or in bridge deployments where Ethernet cabling is sparse. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller can handle up to 150 APs and 3,000 client users, delivers 4 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 controller includes a multi-gigabit Ethernet interface (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet interfaces. Access points can be attached directly to the WiFi controller via two Power over Ethernet ports. The 3504 wireless controller features subsecond failover for access points and users, which allows uninterrupted availability for applications. Like other Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers available from Cisco, the 3504 device has the built-in capability to work with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services Engine, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WLAN controllers.
Cisco's 5520 Wireless Controller, available in a 1 rack unit (RU) package, is designed for larger organizations and campus environments and can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments. The 5520 wireless controller supports as many as 1,500 APs and 20,000 clients, offers 20 Gbps throughput, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 WiFi controller features two 10 GE interfaces and incorporates SSD storage, backup fans, optional backup power supplies, and rapid failover for nonstop availability.
The Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, offered in a 2RU form factor, is a high-end wireless controller designed to support enterprises, service providers, and large campuses. The 8540 WiFi controller can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments and can handle up to 6,000 access points and 64,000 client users. The 8540 Wireless controller offers throughput as high as 40 Gbps and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 8340 includes four 1-GB or 10GE interfaces and features solid-state storage, dual power supplies, redundant fans, and rapid failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi Network Controllers
Cisco wireless LAN controllers reduce the time and expense needed to configure, monitor, and operate wireless networks by offering single-point control of critical tasks like setting up wireless access points, enforcing consistent policies across converged networks, supporting enterprise-wide QoS for IP voice and video, monitoring and optimizing system performance, activating wireless intrusion prevention system (wIPS) capabilities to defend against unauthorized access and Distributed Denial of Service threats, and handling IPv6 clients. Cisco has designed wireless network controllers for businesses of any size and can provide standalone desktop appliances, modular plug-in wireless controllers for Cisco routers and switches, and Catalyst switches with built-in wireless controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 wireless controllers include Cisco CleanAir tools to avoid signal interference and create self-healing and self-optimizing wireless networks for top 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and security. Built-in Bonjour Gateways allow discovery, advertisement and policy across WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple applications. For high availability (HA), Cisco wireless LAN controllers support access point and client stateful switchover by enabling a standby HA wireless controller to synchronize with a primary controller for AP license count, CAPWAP keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the main controller goes down, thousands of access points and clients can switchover immediately to the secondary wireless controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E provides entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for 2900 and 3900 routers used by small to medium-sized businesses and branches. This value-priced and expandable module can support from five to 200 APs and as many as 6000 clients. (To learn concerning Progent's remote and onsite consulting and troubleshooting support services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting consulting.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches designed for small to mid-size businesses and satellite offices and have an integrated wireless LAN controller with the ability to handle 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and up to 25 wireless access points and 1000 wireless clients on each switch. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches designed for mid-size and large organizations and include a built-in wireless network controller supporting 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and support for 50 wireless access points and 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 (WiSM2) is a plug-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches with a built-in wireless controller intended for mid-to-large size businesses and able to deliver 20 Gbps performance and able to handle 1000 access points and 15,000 wireless clients. (For information about Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Catalyst switches, refer to Catalyst switches configuration and troubleshooting support.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are economical desktop appliances that simplify the deployment and operation of wireless LANs for small and midsize businesses and branch offices. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless controller can handle from five to 75 APs and 1000 clients and offers sustained performance of up to 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large sized enterprises and campus environments and can support up to 500 access points and 7,000 clients while providing 8 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device designed for mid-to-large campuses with the ability to manage 1000 access points and 12,000 wireless clients and delivering throughput of 60 Gbps to accommodate high client densities and high usage of video-intensive applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is intended to manage massive collections of wireless remote sites from a single location, avoiding the requirement for a wireless controller at every remote site. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 allows you to create a private cloud to configure, track, manage, and troubleshoot up to 6000 APs and up to 64,000 clients while supporting 1 Gbps performance. The Cisco 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount device engineered to manage wireless environments for large campuses or for service providers and can scale to support up to 6000 APs and 64,000 clients while offering 10 Gbps throughput.
For more information about Cisco wireless controllers, see Cisco wireless controllers consulting services.
Legacy Cisco APs, Bridges and Wi-Fi Controllers Supported by Progent
The 802.11ac specification for wireless connectivity effectively made obsolete all prior releases of Wi-Fi devices for many venues that have high numbers of wireless clients and high usage of video-intensive applications. Even for businesses who do not need the performance of 802.11ac, a large number of Cisco wireless products have reached end-of-life status, which can pose serious service and regulatory compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts offer online and on-premises support for a wide range of older-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can also help companies to assess the financial justification for updating legacy wireless infrastructure and can help in designing and executing affordable, non-disruptive upgrades. The following are a sample of Cisco older-generation wireless devices that Progent's consulting experts continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Access Points
Cisco Aironet 1000 or 1130AG family access points are ideal for offices and other sites which have little environmental variability. These devices have integrated antennas that offer predictable radio range patterns. The Cisco 1130G Series product is available for restricted locations that do not permit 802.11a operation.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG/1240AG Series APs are designed for more difficult RF situations such as manufacturing plants and warehouses or above ceiling structures which typically call for adjustable external antennas and durable cases. The Aironet 1240G family device is designed for controlled domains that do not allow 802.11a operation.
Aironet 1500 lightweight outside wireless mesh APs deliver a cost-effective, expandable, secure outdoor Wi-Fi solution for enterprise campuses and for public sites that need connectivity for mobile devices.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco wireless LAN bridges provide a high-speed and multi-featured technology for integrating multiple local area networks in a metropolitan area or public access network. Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer a flexible, manageable technology that meets the security requirements of public networking professionals. These bridges manage both PTP and P2MP deployments with good coverage and support for data rates as high as 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges deliver throughput several times faster than E1/T1 connections for much lower cost, doing away with the need for expensive leased lines when connecting different buildings. Because bridges require no periodic charges, the expenses saved on connection bills quickly pay for the initial hardware investment. Self-installed private lines and in some cases leased lines using metal or fiber-optic cable can require very expensive startup expenses when they are impeded by obstacles such as freeways, railroads, or bodies of water. Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges can be installed rapidly with a fast return on investment.
Aironet 1300 Series outside wireless access points/bridges can be implemented as independent access points, bridges, or workgroup bridges. These appliances have a ruggedized cover and provide fast, affordable wireless interfaces between numerous fixed or mobile environments and users.
Cisco 1400 family bridges offer fast, reliable outdoor connections for line-of-sight applications. They are housed in an all-weather cover that can hold up to harsh outdoor environments and can function in wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Controllers
Cisco Wireless Network Controllers centralize the management of WLANs by streamlining the handling of common functions such as integrated intrusion prevention system (IPS), real-time RF management, zero touch configuration, and N+1 redundancy. Cisco WLAN controllers work with lightweight wireless access points to offer superior throughput and advanced management capabilities.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers (WLCs) offer the manageability, expandability, security, and reliability that system managers require to create safe, enterprise-scale wireless networks, from branch offices to small businesses to headquarter campuses. Cisco's first-generation WLCs can be clustered to offer support for as many as 2400 wireless access points for each roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Wireless LAN Controller Module for Integrated Services Routers provides small-to medium businesses and large corporations an affordable way to implement and control secure wireless networks at satellite offices. These devices manage as many as twelve Cisco access points and are supported on 2800/3800 Integrated Services Routers and Cisco 3700 Series Integrated Services Routers. (To find out about Progent's remote and onsite support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting services.)
How Progent Can Help You with Cisco Wireless Devices
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified CCIE consultant to assist you to plan, deploy, maintain and troubleshoot a converged wired/wireless environment integrating a broad array of wireless products that offer the same protection, scalability, and ease of management you expect from your wired environment. Progent can assist you to maintain early-generation Wi-Fi products from Cisco or upgrade seamlessly to the latest 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISM and CISSP security professionals can advise you about how to build protection into your wireless network and into your company's processes. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity consultants can help you to set up the high availability (HA) technology built into Cisco's wireless and wired products so your converged network delivers continuing business value.
Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey assists you to design and deploy a state-of-the-art wireless network customized for your facilities, providing a wireless solution that provides comprehensive coverage, high performance and capacity, Quality of Service to support IP video, enterprise-class security and compliance, and simplified management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be delivered online to reduce time and expense, or onsite for more complex facilities.
For a more in-depth look at Progent's wireless consulting capabilities, see Progent's Wireless LAN Support.
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